Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2007

Columbia Students Get Off Light

Remember the situation at Columbia where a group of students disrupted a speech by the founder of the Minutemen, jumping up on stage and preventing him from speaking? As I feared, the university has done pretty much nothing in response. Despite lots of lofty rhetoric from Columbia’s president Lee Bollinger, himself a first amendment scholar,…

Video of Dover Presentation

The West Michigan Freethought Association has made the video of my talk available on their website. It’s in MP4 format as a video podcast. For those who can’t view that format, I may have another format available at some point soon. To view it, click here (or right click on it and download it). The…

Youtube Gems: Mr Bungle

I found these videos from a band I really liked, Mr. Bungle. This was a band that Mike Patton formed after Faith No More broke up. The music was almost indescribable, an odd mix of funk, metal, rap and performance art. As usual, I’ll post the videos below the fold.

Fafarman’s Latest Lunacy

Man, this guy just gets loonier and loonier. Check out this post on his blog where he says I’m breaking the law in the UK: I have already discussed many of the evils of attempts to ban commenters by means of IP address blocking. I have now discovered that blog service Scienceblogs’ leakage of IP…

Youtube Gems: Roy Zimmerman

A reader left a link to one of these videos and it was great. I’d never heard of Roy Zimmerman before, and I generally don’t care for people who do musical comedy with funny songs, but some of these are really good. I’ll post a couple of them below the fold.

Another New York Equal Access Case

The ADF has filed suit against the state of New York over a policy that allows state buildings to be rented by community groups for events but not by religious groups. It is truly incredible to me that New York, of all places, hasn’t figured this stuff out yet. Two of the major precedents on…

Dale Carpenter continues his brilliant fisking of David Blankenhorn’s Weekly Standard article at the Volokh Conspiracy. This time he’s focusing on the argument that you often hear from gay marriage opponents that claims that gays aren’t really interested in getting married, they just see gay marriage as a means of undermining the institution of marriage.…

In Which I Agree With PZ

I really like this post by PZ Myers debunking the frankly silly claim of creationist Rob McEwen that mutation can’t create “new DNA structures” (what is it with creationists and their obtuse language?). His answer is a good one and I especially agree with the ending: I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that…

Rosenhouse on ID and Information

Jason Rosenhouse attended an ID conference in Knoxville last weekend and has been posting about some of the presentations there (Part one, part two, part three). Part three is very interesting as it is primarily about the ID argument about information in the genome. You will often hear this stated in one of two ways,…

Student Free Speech Victory

A Federal court in Michigan just issued a permanent injunction barring the school district in Monroe, Michigan from enforcing a rule that prohibited students to hand out pro-choice literature to their fellow students before and after school and during lunch. The injunction also forbids the school from preventing a student from wearing a t-shirt that…